Padstones are one of those things that you will very much regret not using if you intend to install substantial lintels, RSJs or other load-bearing components. KPC can help you get it right first-time with Padstone.
Hindsight has a habit of emphasising with great clarity, exactly what we should have done after we have made some terrible mistake. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make the remedial efforts any easier. So, the only way to prevent that sinking feeling you get when you realise what you should have done is to try your best to get it right up front and if you must err… well, err on the side of caution.
Padstones are one of those things that you will very much regret not using if you intend to install substantial lintels, RSJs or other load-bearing beams and KPC can help you avoid that sinking feeling with a range of off-the-shelf padstones as well as a virtually limitless ability to manufacture custom specified units.
Just about every structure will involve the use of lintels, RSJs or some other components in a load-bearing capacity. And unless there is virtually nothing being loaded on top of this, you really should be using a padstone to ensure that the weight of the unit and anything above it is properly transferred and distributed through the blockwork.
The damage that can occur in blockwork where padstones were required but omitted can be substantial and costly. When you consider that for the most part, damage in the form of cracking and crushing of the blockwork often won’t become evident until after a good deal more construction has been completed.
In fact, you could be faced with remedial works that involve the disruption, time and expense of breaking into a potentially finished build to install what would have been an inexpensive component had it been installed initially.
KPC supply a number of standard sized Padstones ex-stock, including the very handy corner units, but as I mentioned above, we can also produce Padstones to your specific requirements. If you can supply dimensions and have a chat with our engineers about what’s to be loaded on top, we can help ensure that you get just the right padstones.
Our standard units (ex-stock) for both regular and corner units are available in the following sizes:
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